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Introduction The concept of Sustainable Development gained prominence in 1987 with the publication of the Brundtland Report Our Common Future according to which Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future This report was produced by the World Commission on Environment and Development WCED set up by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1983 Common 1995 The Australian Government has defined Ecologically Sustainable Development ESD as using conserving and enhancing the communitys resources so that ecological processes on which life depends are maintained and the total quality of life now and into the future can be increased COA 1991 By following an ecologically sustainable path of development we should be able to reduce the likelihood of serious environmental impacts arising from our economic activity The number of divisive and damaging confrontations which have characterised some of our development projects should also decrease More practically Ecologically Sustainable Development will mean changes to our patterns of resource use including improvements in the quality of our air land and water and in the development of new environmentally friendly products and processes NSESD 1992 Ecologically Sustainable Development is a concept that was born from the notions of the green revolution but is also one of the very last hurdles for man to achieve if this species intends to survive The very land we depend on the air we must breathe and the species diversity that surrounds us is under threat of being lost forever With our ignorance will come the destruction of life unless we embrace the knowledge that is being presented daily and globally agree that for now and future generations this unique planet must be preserved in all its glory and more Kirkby 1995 Methods and materials With reference to the online report of the National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development and continual reference to published
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